Last Sunday night, legendary singer, visual artist and creative pioneer Grace Jones brought the 11th edition of Standon Calling festival to an electric and extravagant end. Standon Calling announced the artist as the headliner earlier in March and her performance at the growing festival didn’t disappoint.
The athletic electro-soul icon performed newly-orchestrated hits including Pull Up To The Bumper Baby, and Slave To The Rhythm, perched from an ascending platform and covered with artworks referencing her late friend Keith Haring. One of the highlights of the Bond girl-set probably was a disco hula hoop spinning while continuing her song. The nearly 70-year-old La Vie en Rose-cover singer remains an icon and proved her genius-status again yesterday at the festival.
Other Hollywood actor Idris Elba also played a DJ set on the new Cindarella’s Motel stage into the early hours of the morning.
The Hertfordshire countryside festival that started in the organiser’s garden to grow into a cool, fun, family-friendly themed festival saw impeccable sets by the likes of Mercury Prize nominated Kate Tempest, Orbital, Slaves to Gary Numan, and KT Tunstall to Cabbage.
Standon Calling takes place in the grounds of Standon Lordship in Standon, just 30 miles north of London every year. This year’s theme Tales of the Enchanted Valley helped create a fun and family-atmosphere supported by stellar lineups of musicians, comedy actors, cookery workshop, crafts and general creativity. The weekend is designed for all age and generations and stages some of the best acts ever. The festival boasts a cool, family-friendly yet sometimes eccentric atmosphere that it has upheld since it first began as a birthday party ten years ago. Twenty-five friends, a swimming pool, a set of decks and a birthday BBQ is that was needed at the time to start the party. An annual dog show and a host of dancers and performers to name a few complements the experience – Standon Calling 2017 was another weekend of cool and fun entertainment.